Patients’ BMI may be instrumental in treating depression, finds study

Patients’ BMI may be instrumental in treating depression, finds study

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting people worldwide. It is a mood disorder associated with feelings of helplessness and persistent sadness that can leave one irritable and pessimistic about the future. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 300 million people worldwide are affected by depression irrespective of age or gender. In the United States, the lifetime risk of major depression is nearly 17 percent but at any given stage, 3 to 5 percent adults suffer from it, as suggested by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

The traditional approaches to treating depressive disorders […] Read more

Gauging the effectiveness of suicide risk assessment procedures in preventing suicides

Gauging the effectiveness of suicide risk assessment procedures in preventing suicides

One of the biggest health concerns in the United States is burgeoning mental health problems which can give rise to other complications and conditions. Mental illnesses can give rise to suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts that may jeopardize the life of an individual. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there has been an increase of 24 percent in suicide cases during 1999-2014 and 90 percent of individuals who committed suicide were suffering from some form of mental disorder.

Identifying the risk level of suicide among individuals can be a challenge which can hamper the possibility of providing […] Read more

Television series portraying suicide by youth may cause more harm than good

Television series portraying suicide by youth may cause more harm than good

The media has been playing a crucial role in disseminating knowledge and awareness about the crippling effect of mental problems like depression, addiction and their related consequences like suicide. The film and television industries are doing their part by portraying mental health and addiction issues and their ill effects. Celebrities hailing from these fields who have lived through these issues are opening up about their struggles and these developments are contributing toward the removal of social stigma associated with these issues. These steps will hopefully inspire more people to talk about problems of depression and anxiety, and prevent them from […] Read more